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Road construction season gearing up: high awareness warranted

Work crews begin to tackle construction projects each spring in force on streets and highways across Indiana. Their efforts extend throughout the summer and autumn months.

That extended period is one of heightened concern for motorists. Even normally quiet and seemingly safe roads can bring potential and actual dangers when distracted drivers enter zones without fully appreciating that things are not as they normally appear.

There is no question that drivers all across the state are affected by Indiana’s annual road construction season and need to fully appreciate the risks. We note on our website at the experienced Indianapolis personal injury firm of Tabor Law that Indiana is “a top-five state for construction job employment.” Many industry jobs are focused on keeping the state’s vast network of roadways in top condition.

State and federal safety officials remind the public annually of the ramped-up seasonal activity that drivers need to anticipate and carefully respond to. One prominent update that issues yearly comes via the publicity linked with Work Zone Awareness Week. That national initiative connects with educational programs in the various states, including Indiana. That specially designated period concluded just last week.

It was duly noted by the state’s principal safety regulators. They conveyed the sobering message that, while distinct risks are posed for workers toiling in road construction zones, the dangers for drivers passing through such areas are even greater. Notably, a driver was killed just last week in a construction zone on I-69 in central Indiana.

Transportation officials are drumming a hopeful message of an accident-free construction season going forward. INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness voices the bottom-line goal “that all of us go home safely at the end of [each] day.”

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